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Roundhay Park is one of Europe's large municipal parks and is situated in the north east of Leeds. It was De Lacy's hunting park in the 1200s and was given to him from William I as a 'thank you' for being loyal to him. Thomas Nicholson purchased the estate in 1803 and Nicholson invested a lot of time and energy in redesigning a park as a country estate.
Sir John Barran, the Mayor of Leeds at the time, purchased the park for the residents and Roundhay Estate was opened as a municipal park in 1872 by Prince Arthur. This was well received by 100,000 people!
Today it is enjoyed by everyone and the park includes a bowling green, a cricket pitch, tennis courts, a skate park, a children's playground, walking routes and cafes. In the past, boating and swimming were popular.
There is Tropical World which part of the park. The attraction can be enjoyed by all especially children. (Please see separate entry). Next to Tropical World there are the Canal Gardens and Rose Gardens and with its high walls, it's sheltered trap for the sun, and grows various plants, shrubs and flowers including roses.
Roundhay Park holds various events throughout the year.
The Mansion - Nicholson commissioned for John Clark to design the mansion in 1811. The mansion has a greek revival style hinting that there were strong influences from both The Enlightenment and The Romantic movements. Today, the mansion is now the new visitors centre which holds exhibitions, a shop and amenities and you can hire rooms in the venue for business and celebrations.
Castle & Barrans Fountain - The castle was built in 1821 and was a medieval entrance to a folly. Barrans Fountain is named after John Barran who purchased the park and he donated this fountain as a gift. The fountain is an ornate where one could used to drink from it and the design complimented the mansion.
Upper and Waterloo Lakes - Waterloo Lake is the biggest lake in the park with 33 acres. This was constructed after the Napoleonic wars and named in honour of where the battle was fought. Today, you can enjoy wandering around the lake and/or have refreshments at the boat house overlooking the lake. Nicholson commissioned a landscape architect to design the smaller Upper Lake during the middle of the 19th Century.
Roundhay Park won the Green Flag Award in 2008.
Address: Princess Avenue & Mansion Lane, Leeds 8
Directions: 3 miles north east of Leeds city centre and near off the A58 (Wetherby Road). You can get the No. 12 or 13 bus to the park from the city centre (Vicar Lane).
Phone: 0113 214 5715
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